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Lisa Kederian DDS and Associates
General & Cosmetic Dentistry
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Composite (White) Fillings

Dental cavities are usually slow-forming, so you cannot always feel them. That means the best time to catch a cavity is when it is small, so you can save as much of the healthy tooth structure that is surrounding the area of the cavity as possible. This is why it is important to always schedule regular dental exams with Dr. Kederian—so she can catch cavities or signs of cavities as early as possible. 

In the past, amalgam or silver fillings were the most common types of filling materials used to treat dental cavities. These fillings are very strong and durable, but are not aesthetically pleasing, and give teeth a grayish shadow. Luckily, Dr. Kederian only uses composite or white fillings for her patients. Composite fillings are strong, durable fillings comprised of a material that can be designed to perfectly match the color of the tooth. 

Composite or white fillings have become very popular in recent years, as people with cavities seek to retain the natural beauty of their smiles. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings, composite fillings are also beneficial because they do not contain any mercury, as amalgam or silver fillings do. The debate over the safety of fillings that contain mercury has been discussed for many years. Presently, it is thought that amalgam fillings containing mercury are indeed safe and not cause for health concerns. However, by using composite fillings, Dr. Kederian helps her patients remain free from all speculation and worry.  

Composite fillings are made of resin-based materials that chemically bond (or adhere) to natural tooth structure. This allows Dr. Kederian to be more conservative when removing decay and unhealthy tooth structure, meaning more of your natural tooth is preserved. Unlike amalgam fillings, with composite fillings only the unhealthy portion of the tooth must be removed, meaning less drilling. Imagine getting a cavity filled without needing any anesthetic! Another great advantage to white fillings is that they are dried (cured) quickly with an ultraviolet light, meaning that patients are free to return to all their normal activities as soon as they leave the dental office—including chewing and biting. 

If you think you may have a cavity or are looking for a replacement to an unsightly amalgam filing, talk to Dr. Kederian about a composite filling. The procedure is quick, quite painless, and leaves your naturally beautiful smile in tact. 

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